Formula 1 is unique in its relationship with technology among major sports. While it is a competition between drivers on the circuit, it also a race between large teams of engineers, working with highly-specialised equipment, and major car manufacturers trying to prove their prowess in designing cutting-edge engine technology.
But how important is this technological aspect? Does it go too far - undermining the human element by reducing the influence of the drivers on the results?
Or is decades of constant technological development a fundamental and unimpeachable part of F1's nature and appeal?